NSTC Standards Report Available

The Subcommittee on Standards, part of the National Science and Technology Council in the Executive Office of the President, has issued the report, "Federal Engagement in Standards Activities to Address National Priorities." The report reviews the current legal and policy frameworks for U.S. government involvement in private sector standardization and conformity assessment; describes how the government is involved in such activities; summarizes stakeholder observations regarding government involvement in these activities; and outlines policy recommendations to supplement existing guidance to government agencies about their involvement.

Baldrige Award Given to Healthcare Groups, Nonprofit

Four organizations were chosen for the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the highest U.S. presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership. The winners, chosen from a field of 69 applicants, include a nonprofit, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Mo.; and three healthcare organizations, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Mich.; Schneck Medical Center, Seymour, Ind.; and Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska. The Baldrige Award was established in 1987 to enhance the competitiveness and performance of U.S. businesses.

USGBC Launches App Lab

As part of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) automation program, which provides online tools for the LEED documentation process, the U.S. Green Building Council has launched an online "App Lab." The App Lab is a searchable catalog of third-party apps integrated with LEED data, and each app is a fully functional software tool that addresses the LEED certification process. All LEED automation partners have the ability to publish new apps to the USGBC App Lab.

Engineers Week Set for February

Engineers Week 2012 will be held Feb. 19-25; the week will be marked by activities and events to cultivate the next generation of engineers, celebrate the engineering profession and raise understanding of engineers' contributions to society. Battelle and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers will lead this year's outreach.

NRMCA Seeks Abstracts

Abstracts are sought for the 2012 International Concrete Sustainability Conference to be held May 7-10 in Seattle, Wash. Suggested topics for the abstracts, due Jan. 27, include life cycle assessment, low impact development, green concrete, sustainability initiatives and functional resilience. The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is sponsoring the program, which will provide learning and networking opportunities.

RCI Inc. Seeks Abstracts

Spring deadlines are approaching for abstracts to be submitted for upcoming RCI Inc. (formerly the Roof Consultants Institute) programs on the building envelope. The 2012 Symposium on Building Envelope Technology covers such topics as technology and practices, building facades, masonry and various building systems. Abstracts are due April 30; the program will be held Oct. 22-23 in Phoeniz, Ariz. The RCI Inc. 2013 International Convention and Trade Show sessions will cover materials performance, forensic investigation, research, business management, case studies and environmental effects; abstracts for possible presentation are due May 28 for the March 14-19, 2013, convention.

ICC Forum Encourages Exchange

The codes and standards discussion forum launched by the International Code Council facilitates the exchange of knowledge and ideas by industry professionals. The interactive environment allows both members and nonmembers to share opinions and discuss codes and related subjects. ICC members will also be able to view blogs by the new building official; fire service; plumbing, mechanical and fuel gas; global and sustainability membership councils.

This article appears in the issue of Standardization News.